This is something you don't want your opponent to have. And with the AIM-9X's very sophisticated all-aspect seeker head, the bad guy doesn't have to be at your six for this missile to be effective!
|AIM-9 Missile Sending a QF-4 Drone to Valhalla|
I didn't have the opportunity to "play" with these back in the day, as the Weapon Control System on the F-4 was primarily the radar and the gun sight system. Think radar guided AIM-7 Sparrows and dropping bombs. While it was called a gun sight the F-4C and F-4D model aircraft I worked had no internal gun. Just this wanking huge gun pod we could hang on the center-line station. (I'm sure Virgil and Juvat could explain the aerodynamic "qualities" of that pod.)
But I have seen 'Winders mounted on jets, both the blue and the war shot versions. So I can semi-reliably recognize them on 3 out of 4 attempts. (Heh.)
No, the AIM-9 series of missiles was pretty simple, point your jet at a heat source, get a tone, pull the trigger and move on to other targets. Fire and forget. This video will give you an idea of how capable the latest version is.
I'm glad the Old NFO gave me that article to share because I'm just not feeling the creative juices flowing today. I blame the switch over back to Standard Time. Yes, yes, I know we "gained" an hour on Sunday but the time change still messes with my equilibrium. Regardless of it's direction. It's not that I dislike change...
Well, actually it is because I dislike change.
I was going to say something about being a "codger". But while I like the "eccentric" part of the definition of that word, I'm not thrilled with that whole "usually elderly" bit. Because I'm not elderly. Though my progeny might say otherwise.
I much prefer the term "pain in the a$$". Most would heartily agree with that self-assessment!
At least I've got that going for me.